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AU students to pour hearts into helping Haiti
1/28/10

Relief sculptures in the making: molten metal in sand molds

Relief sculptures in the making: molten metal in sand molds

Students in Alfred University’s School of Art & Design are pouring their hearts into helping Haiti in very hands-on way.

When they learned the father of a fellow student was in Haiti Jan. 12 when an earthquake leveled the capital, killed more than 100,000 people and injured many hundreds of thousands more, the Foundry Guild organized a “Pour for Haiti” event for 2-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the National Casting Centre.

The event is open to the public; participants will have an opportunity to make their own “relief sculpture “ – creating a relief mold in their own unique designs, which will then be cast in metal. Adults and children with supervision may participate in return for a $10 donation for each sculpture created.

Coral Lambert, sculpture professor in the School of Art & Design at Alfred University, said the sculptures will be cast in molten aluminum the day of the pour and participants will be able to take them home with them that day.

The National Casting Centre at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University is located on State Route 244 just north of the Alfred University campus; it offers a unique facility for melting metals that few other art schools have.

Other students in AU’s School of Art & Design are participating in the benefit as well; they are donating art work for a silent auction, with bidding to close at 7:30 p.m. and winners to be announced after that. All proceeds from the sale of the artwork will also be donated to the Haitian relief efforts chosen by the students.

The Foundry Guild, which is a student club, will be selling “its famous Guild cheese sandwiches” as well as other snacks and beverages. Marshmallows for toasting will also be available.

To pre-order a sand block to carve and cast for a “relief sculpture,” email Scott Lamont at sdl4@alfred.edu.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting Prof. Lambert at lambertc@alfred.edu or the Foundry Guild President Sharie Willey at willey@alfred.edu. You may also call the Foundry at 607.587.4727.